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Comparative analysis of communication architectures and technologies for smart grid distribution network


Published 2012
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A critical piece of the Smart Grid infrastructure is the communications
network for data gathering, control and supervision capabilities that extend to the
customer demarcation point. Over several decades, the electric utilities built a robust communications networks connecting electric grid subsystems except for the “last mile” connecting to the end user premise. A primary goal of Smart Grid (SG) is to expand the communications network throughout the Distribution Network (DN) thus enabling a holistic management and control of electric grid from generation to
consumption. In order for the Smart Grid goals to be realized, two-way
communications network must extend to the Distribution Network allowing two-way data flow e.g., real-time energy pricing and real-time demand data back to the
Utilities and Operators. This thesis presents five communications architectures and
viable technologies for deployment within the Distribution Network of the Smart
Grid. Then apply selected metrics to these architectures and technologies
combinations and select top five scoring combinations.


Language English
Collection auraria; additional_collections


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